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Description - South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck State Wildlife Management Area, south of Junction in Kimble County. The 524.07 acre site, adjacent to the South Llano River, was donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1977 and was opened to the public in 1990.

Attractions - Attractions to the Llano River State Park relate directly to the area's ability to offer a diverse variety of recreational activities. The park has two miles of river frontage, a large pecan bottom, and typical Hill Country areas. The 523-acre, wooded bottom land is home to white-tailed deer and the Rio Grande Turkey. The bottomland represents one of the most substantial and oldest winter turkey roosts in the central portion of the state. The roosting area is closed to park visitors from October through March. Observation blinds are provided to offer visitors a glimpse of the Turkey moving to and from the roost. Other animals include wood duck, white-tailed deer, squirrel, jackrabbit, javelina, fox, beaver, bobcat, cottontail, and armadillo. Several exotic species such as Axis Deer, Black Buck Antelope, and Fallow Deer are often spotted in the park.

Facilities include multi-use campsites with water and electricity at each site and a dump station and restrooms with showers in the area; walk-in campsites with picnic tables and fire rings (30 - 70-yard walk from where the car is parked - drinking water is available to every 4 sites), composting toilets in the area; a picnic and day-use area near the river with picnic tables, waist-high grills, and composting toilets; oxbow lakes; 4 miles of hiking/mountain biking/nature study trails in the Turkey Roost area; and hunting blinds available for wildlife photography. Be sure to stop by the Texas State Park Store.

Six months of each year, beginning October 1 through and including March 31, a large portion of the park is closed to protect a turkey roosting habitat. Campgrounds remain open and 16 + acres of the river at the low-water crossing bridge are accessible during the closed dates.

Nearby attractions include Kerrville-Schreiner State Park; Fort McKavett State Historical Park; National Museum of the Pacific War (Admiral Nimitz Museum); Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; and the City of Junction, with historic markers and buildings; Schreiner Park; Texas Tech Center; and the O. C. Fisher Museum and Library.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions, including fire bans and water levels, can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered by the South Llano River State Park includes, camping, picnicking, canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study.

Climate - South Llano River State Park is located at an elevation of 1710 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 94 degrees and a January average low of 32 degrees. The first/last freeze are November 3/April 3. May, August, and September are the wettest months. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Location - South Llano River State Park is situated within the San Angelo area of Texas. To reach the park, travel Interstate 10 to Junction, then go south on US Highway 377 for 5 miles to Park Road 73.


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Filed By: Malcolm Swan (San Antonio, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I visited this park on Sept 6, 2003 for a few hours. The staff maintain two blinds at bird baths and feeders. The grate-protected feeders attracted a hybrid Cardinal/Pyrruloxia, Scrub Jays, Black-throated Sparrows, Inca Doves, etc. The campground had migrating Baltimore Orioles and "wild" turkeys. Hanging from the porch of the office were several well-maintained nectar feeders with dozens of hummers, including Ruby-throats and probably Black-chins, though we saw no males of the latter. Several people were swimming in the rapids, so there is something here for everyone. By the way, the hills south of Junction were dazzling - heavily blanketed with purple- blooming Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) of the Scrophulariaceae family.


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Contact Information:
South Llano River State Park, HC 15 Box 224 , Junction, TX, 76849, Phone: 915/446-3994

Additional Information:
Hill Country - The Hill Country region is located in central Texas. Because of its hilly scenery, this is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation.
Panhandle Plains - This region encompasses the Texas Panhandle and much of northern Texas. This region makes up the southern end of the Great Plains of the central United States.
Texas State Parks - Texas State Parks occupy more than 500,000 acres of pristine ecosystems, historical sites and facilities. The state parks, state natural areas and state historic sites are scattered throughout Texas.

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